Pharma

By  Laura Lovett 02:57 pm July 16, 2020
Pharma giant Roche and its subsidiary Genentech have inked a deal with PicnicHealth, a startup that helps patients access and share their medical records.  The real-world evidence deal will allow the pharmaceutical companies to have access to PicnicHealth’s set of de-identified patient records in order to gain insights about certain diseases and treatments. Patients must first consent to their...
By  Dave Muoio 02:14 pm July 16, 2020
Jerusalem-based Teva Pharmaceuticals announced this week the U.S. launch of its ProAir Digihaler. The sensor-laden albuterol dispenser requires a prescription, and is indicated for those aged four years or older with reversible obstructive airway diseases such as asthma and COPD, as well as for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) among this same group. The device connects to a...
By  Laura Lovett 02:10 pm July 9, 2020
Pharma giant Otsuka is rolling out a new kidney focused platform called NephU that provides online resources about nephrology conditions and a place for clinicians to collaborate and share information amongst themselves, and with patients.  Users will be able to tap into an online library of resources that include video, audio, webinars and podcasts. According to the site, the “community”...
By  Laura Lovett 03:10 pm July 7, 2020
Novartis and respiratory health company Propeller Health, a ResMed subsidiary, have teamed up to co-package the latter’s digital health platform with the pharma giant’s new asthma medication Enerzair Breezhaler.  This news come shortly after the product landed European Commission clearance. The co-packaged product will be launching in the EU during 2020. However, it is not yet available in the U....
By  Dave Muoio 02:23 pm June 29, 2020
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that Brainlab is based in Berlin, rather than Munich.  Level Ex, a Chicago startup that makes medical-training video games for doctors, has been acquired by Munich-based medical-technology company Brainlab, the companies announced today. The companies did not disclose the terms of their deal, although Level Ex CEO Sam Glassenberg told...
By  Laura Lovett 04:03 pm June 25, 2020
Historically, women have been underrepresented in clinical trials, however, that paradigm is changing. This shift is mainly due to policy changes in the last three decades, but today many innovators are also seeing a role for tech to play in closing this gap.  This morning MobiHealthNews sat down with a panel at Women of Wearables’ FemTech Forum to moderate a discussion about the gender gap in...
By  Dave Muoio 03:15 pm June 24, 2020
FDA begins sharing patient's cancer drug experiences. The FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence has kicked off the first step of new pilot program that will increase the availability of patient-reported outcome data from cancer clinical trials. Project Patient Voice, as it's called, will start with making the data from a single trial accessible online while the agency solicits public feedback, but...
By  Dave Muoio 01:46 pm June 24, 2020
Verily and CVS Health are among the latest big names lending their health and technology expertise to reopening businesses. Both companies have announced new enterprise offerings incorporating COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, clinical support, data analysis and app-based tools for employees. Verily's approach, called Healthy at Work, incorporates local, onsite and mail testing services into a...
By  Dave Muoio 02:51 pm June 16, 2020
Proteus Digital Health, maker of an ingestible sensor for tracking medication adherence, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday. The news comes months after word that the company had furloughed much of its staff, reassessed its high-profile partnership with Otsuka Pharmaceutical and shifted away from its primary focus area of mental disorder treatment. The "smart pill" maker...
By  Laura Lovett 05:14 pm June 15, 2020
In an effort to further its foothold in the healthcare space, Walmart announced that it has acquired digital medication management company CareZone’s tech platform, patents and “key intellectual property.”  While CareZone will remain a separate, unrelated company, some of its employees on the product and tech team will be joining Walmart in order to help integrate the system. The platform caters...